Kluwe backtracks, says he's okay with Priefer coaching if he disavows anti-gay views

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Both the Vikings and Kluwe have lawyered up as the team investigates his allegations about Coach Priefer (left)
In his explosive Deadspin account of the end of his Vikings tenure, Chris Kluwe said he went public with his story mainly because he wanted to make sure allegedly homophobic special teams coach Mike Priefer "never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level."

THE BACKSTORY: Is Kluwe telling the truth about Coach Mike Priefer's alleged "nuke the gays" comment?

Kluwe alleges that at one team meeting during his last season with the Vikings, Priefer, indirectly commenting on Kluwe's staunch support for marriage equality, said, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows." Priefer denies the accusation.

But during an appearance last night on Fox Sports Live, Kluwe backtracked a bit, acknowledging he "may have been a little too harsh originally."

"After thinking about it, after reflecting on it, I don't think an appropriate punishment is if he never coaches again," Kluwe said (quotes via ESPN). "I think it would be better if he got therapy, if he got counseling, and then a year or two from now, come back into the league as a role model, help out with LGBT groups, and show people that this is an important issue."

But those comments didn't sit well with former Star Tribune Vikings beat writer Kevin Seifert, who now covers the Purple for ESPN. In a commentary about Kluwe's Fox Sports appearance, Seifert wrote, "As a result of Kluwe's initial story, Priefer is and will forever be the alleged homophobic assistant coach in the eyes of any NFL owner asked to sign off on his hiring."

"His attempt to leverage Priefer into advocacy might well be a positive result for gay rights, but it won't do much to enhance the career implications of Kluwe's initial allegations," Seifert continued. "One way or the other, the damage is done here."

Seifert's criticism, however, didn't pass muster with Kluwe, who engaged the ESPN scribe in a Twitter argument this morning. To read it, click to page two.

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Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

Lockes 2013 punt yards average: 44.2. Kluwes in 2012: 45.

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

Look at it this way: Even if Kluwe is an average punter. That still makes him better at doing his job than most of the guys on the team, the coaches, and management(Spielman). They were LUCKY to win 5 games this year.

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

Kluwe is an idiot moron. Priefer is a bigot. City pages is a joke.

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

I wouldn't be surprised if Frazier doesn't end up testifying in favor of Kluwe, if the investigation goes any further. Ultimately, Fraizer didn't do anything wrong. He just asked Kluwe to "tone it down". There's nothing wrong with that. What Preifer (allegedly) said is dangerous, unprofessional, and just plain stupid. And upon given some thought, he'd probably admit it, as well. Which is why I think Kluwe is trying to give him the opportunity to do so. At this point Kluwe doesn't want any money, or want anybody fired. All he wants is a conversation.

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

If he brings it up last year, Fraizer and Preifer are still coaches, and they can use their position to intimidate any teammates who might possibly corroborate Kluwes claims. Bringing it up in the offseason also prevents Preifer from just calling a meeting, getting everybody together, and telling and them to lie for him. Now if he wants to intimidate any witness, he has to actually contact them; ie call them, or email them, or meet with them. Which, not only could be used as evidence, but it's also a crime in and of itself(obstruction of justice).

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

Probably because he hoped to play for another team and didn't want to get blacklisted as a whistleblower. He took the "high road". Maybe he didn't want to drag his teammates, the coaches, and the team through an investigation during the year. If you think about it, going about it the way he has, waiting till now, he does the least amount of damage as possible, to the people who were more or less by-standers to the situation(Fraizer, Spielman, his teammates). Fraizer is gone already and Spielman is probably on his way out(because he's no good at his job). And also, most likely because the guy, who actually broke a work-place law, is being considered for head coach. It's important to remember, if Priefer said what Kluwe claims he said, Priefer is the one who "ran his mouth", and put everybody in the position they are now in. It's completely unprofessional for a person, who is in a position of authority, to say something like that...

Tammy Marshall
Tammy Marshall

I don't believe that, Bryon!! But I don't have to like him or think that he's not a pain in the ass just because he supposedly stands up for equality! Why is he saying something now?? Because he hasn't seen his name in the news lately, that's why! He needs to face the fact that he's done with football because of his performance (or lack of it - notice how no other team has picked him up).

DAvid Schnell
DAvid Schnell

the schitzo machine pumps so hard it amouts to suicide. better them than me.

John Lilja
John Lilja

I guess his lawyers showed him the light.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Bryon Krebsbach anything else you would like to add?

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

Yeah, people who stand up for equality are such a pain in the ass!?

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

*Notice Preifer hasn't hit him with a defamation lawsuit? Very telling, if you ask me...

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

Call it what you want, but it only shows that he's not in it to get anybody fired, or to make money, Demanding Preifers termination would make him no better than Preifer.

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

How do you know he hasn't been blacklisted by most of the teams in the league for speaking his mind?

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

People have concern because it's a possible case of discrimination. It's the same reason why everybody got all knotted up over Phil Robertson being fired voicing his opinion.

Tammy Marshall
Tammy Marshall

He got fired because he's washed up!! Notice how no one else has picked him up??!!

Tammy Marshall
Tammy Marshall

OMG - would you please quit giving Kluwe digital ink!!!! I am so sick of him!!

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

He's not butthurt about getting fired. He's upset because he is left to wonder if it was his opinion that got him fired..

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

I'd like to think he's doing it because nobody should have to wonder if their personal opinion is what got them fired. Being blacklisted isn't typically the kind of attention a person seeks.

Mike Kandorman
Mike Kandorman

Forget Priefer and the whole gay thing for a moment and focus on Kluwe's allegations of why he was released from the Vikings. If it wasn't because of his ability or declining ability, then why was he also released from the Raiders? It certainly appears he's trying to stay relevent. Too bad he can't find something that fulfills him.

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

Couldn't agree more with Angela Salzl. If Kluwe is so supportive of LGBT then go ahead support them in other way. Now he's out of attention & no more fat paycheck and he's trying hard to be the center of media limelight with old issue? C'mon... that's cheap.

Yael Vargas
Yael Vargas

He literally started with saying he wanted to destroy a career.Now he's backtracking.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

So CK is "okay" with Priefer coaching, as long Priefer acquiesces to CK's cowardly demands. Who does CK think he is? I care nothing of professional sports, but I would love to see Priefer become the head coach, just to rub it in CK's face.

What an arrogant has-been.

David McNamara
David McNamara

I'm with you, Mac. Eventually you need to ask the question - why is he really doing all of this? It seems to me that he wants to be in the limelight, and now that he's out of the NFL, he has to do something...

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

Are these types of incidents more or less likely to occur again? I say less likely. Which means he's already helped.

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

Reality of the matter is, he had little incentive at the time to bring it up, if he had ever hoped to play in the league again. There's a reason why pro athletes "come out"(if they ever do at all) [after] they retire.

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

You'll have that with whistle-blowers. Failures in "established protocol" is typically what they are pointing out.

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

And if I'm Kluwe, I don't bring it up until off season time in an attempt to limit Preifers ability to intimidate currently players who witnessed what he said and organize a corroborating effort by witnesses to witness against Kluwe. If Kluwe brings it up during the season, all Preifer has to do is call a meeting between all the witness and feed them talking points to stick to , if they hope to keep their jobs.

McLain Causey
McLain Causey

Preifer's alleged actions. Kluwe didn't follow established protocol to bring an action against him.

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

There's a whole list of reasons why Kluwe would not bring it up while still trying to play for the Vikings, or any other team in the league for that matter. Try not to forget how wrong Preifer actions were, if Kluwe is telling the truth. Because if Preifer did say it, he definitely open himself up to criticism and a lawsuit.

McLain Causey
McLain Causey

He opened himself to criticism about his agenda the minute he voiced his suspicions about why he was fired. His best move would have been to report Priefer at the time of the alleged incident, or to just tell his story without editorializing and making himself and his career such a prominent part of it. Even if he was wronged, people are assuming he has an axe to grind that has nothing to do with equality. I'm glad he spoke out but, again, I don't think he's helping at this point.

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

If Preifer said what Kluwe claims he said, people deserve to know. We can't blame Kluwe for coaches failure to remain professional.

Bryon Krebsbach
Bryon Krebsbach

He's not backtracking, he's offering coach an "out" that would benefit everyone. Unlike Preifer, Kluwe isn't trying to destroy a career.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

Kluwe might be mentally ill. He really thinks he's an elite NFL punter. When he fails to acknowledge his mediocre punting skills, he loses all credibility.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

why is anyone supposed to be concerned about this topic? Klume was canned and is now bitching about everything he let slide for a paycheck! that is shitty behavior and shows how "supportive" he really is. just keep your mouth shut and ride on a pride float if your so fricking supportive! I liked him before all this crap but he's being annoying

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

Oh, let's all make out Kluwe to be the bad guy in this...assholes.

Shawn Kuiper
Shawn Kuiper

Big surprise figure Kluwe will be doing allot of back tracking before this is over....

Eric VonSchliesing
Eric VonSchliesing

Kluwe needs to just go away. It was fine that he supported gay marriage in MN, but now he's all butthurt he got fired. And no one cares.

Larry Davis
Larry Davis

He has a case of diarrhea of the mouth. Now that he's no longer playing football maybe he could manage Rob Ford's campaigns.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

He is most definitely butthurt about getting fired.  Not only was Kluwe released by the Vikings, but he was also released by the Raiders after they picked him up this past summer.  Both organizations passed on him for a younger, cheaper punter.  The NFL is full of prima donnas, thugs, drug users, etc...  That said, it's unlikely that his opinion got him fired.

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

@TweetsAreYours Credibility to what? I don't think he ever thought of himself as an elite punter, but correct me if I'm wrong. He is just an advocate for rights as people.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TwinTown77   The Minnesota Vikings and the Oakland Raiders are terrible judges of talent.   The proof of this might have to do with their terrible records over the past year.  I would say the brain trust that thought Christian Ponder was worth a high draft pick might not exactly know what makes for a good football player.    When the Vikings had Chris Kluwe they were 10-6 and when the didn't have him they were 5-10-1.   Perhaps if the cowardly bigots Spielman and Frazier would have spent more time worrying about a good football team and less time worrying about what the punter saying the Vikings would be a better team.    One thing none of you Viking supporting idiots can deny is it does seem like the Vikings spent an awfully long time worrying about Chris Kluwe.   Looks like their cowardice and bigotry lead to a complete collapse this year.  

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@jason.dorweilerWhen he accuses somebody of wrongdoing, and blames his "firing" as a result of those he accuses of wrongdoing -- yet never acknowledges he wasn't worth retaining as a punter for financial and performance reasons -- he loses all credibility in his statements. #DotsConnected

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@MicheleBachmann @TwinTown77  You are the one ignoring facts.  Kluwe was in the NFL for eight years and failed to make a Pro Bowl and was never named to an All-Pro team.  The fact is that he was an aging, mediocre punter who was making a 7 figure salary.  Your username suits you well as you are a halfwit just like the real Michele Bachmann.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TwinTown77  You ignore the biggest part of my comment because it makes you look stupid.  No matter the reason Kluwe was cut its obvious the Vikings spent too much time worrying about the non offensive legal thing Chris Kluwe was doing.  


Kluwe has proven what jackasses are running the Vikings.   We kept Jerome Felton after he was arrested for DUI.   Fullbacks are completely worthless and replaceable in football.  Much more than a skilled punter.  Why didn't we waste a 5th round pick replacing Jerome Felton the drunk?  The obvious reason why is to bigot idiots like Leslie Frazier and Chris Spielman its a bigger crime to give an opinion than to drive drunk.  Drunk drivers kill people.  Punters speaking out for gay rights do not.  Don't pretend those idiots made a good football decision or had some moral high ground.  

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@MicheleBachmann @TwinTown77  LOL.  Speaking of idiots.  You clearly have no idea as to what you're talking about.  While Ponder was a mistake, the "brain trust" you so carelessly slander has been responsible for drafting Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Blair Walsh, and Cordarrelle Patterson.  They were also responsible for getting Jared Allen, Jerome Felton and Brett Favre.  As far as Kluwe is concerned, you are kidding yourself if you think the organization spent a lot of time worry about him.  If anything Kluwe's demise was 97% performance and 3% being a distraction, but again, every team has distractions. Kluwe knows he is now in trouble for slander and is hoping his latest comments will calm the situation. He f*cked up and in a big way.  BTW, I'm not a Vikes fan Michele.

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